Sandy Creek Park is a 25-acre park located in a beautiful and quiet area on a steep slope over Lake Travis in close proximity to Austin in central Texas. With a lighter boat traffic than in other parts of the lake, Sandy Creek Park features a very relaxing natural landscape with plenty of trees. The enjoyable clear waters of Lake Travis are good for various types of water recreation, including boating, swimming, and fishing. The scenic hilly terrain also provides good opportunities for camping and hiking with stunning lake views.
Location and Access
Sandy Creek Park boasts a very close location to Austin and is easy to get to, being a great place for a quick getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s open from 6 a. m. to 9 p. m. and the entry fee is $10 per vehicle. The area rarely gets overcrowded, but in warmer months, it can get a little bit too busy. The spacious park also offers some secluded parking spots if you’re looking for more privacy.
The campsites are primitive and have no electricity. There are clean and well-maintained public restrooms available. They’re stationary and stocked with toilet paper. If you’re planning to camp in the park, it’s a good idea to bring your own water and soap since there are no sinks in the restroom facilities. However, you can also make use of the water stations with faucets scattered around the park. There are also relatively new barbecue grills and picnic tables.
Lake Travis is a huge artificially created water reservoir used for water supply and conservation, flood control, and recreation. With a limestone bottom and perfectly clear waters, it’s dazzlingly blue and beautiful! Sandy Creek Park is located in the lake’s quieter section and features pretty beach areas with enough space for setting up chairs and placing all your beach stuff. There is plenty of room for fishing and swimming. Overall, the area is quite rocky and it is recommended to wear good water shoes.
The park is inhabited by several rare plants and birds, for instance, the endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler, so wildlife watching can become a nice addition to your lakeside recreation and hiking along the forested shore.
If you’re a dog owner, you can take your four-legged friend with you. Pets on leashes are allowed in the park.
- 40 minutes from Austin, TX
- 2 hours from San Antonio, TX
- 3 hours from Houston, TX